Saturday 23 November

Lee Radford has been impressed with the impact new signing Adam Swift has had in pre-season training so far. The former Saints winger arrived in Hull for day one and has caught the eye with his impressive fitness. Radford told Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson: “He’s come in with a smile on his face and he’s been really good. He’s going to be challenging for a spot that is for sure. I just think he’s a fit bloke, he’s done everything that we want from a new bloke coming in.”

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Sosaia Feki believes that is Leeds manage to sign his former Cronulla team mate Matt Prior, it’ll be a good bit of business for the club. The new Castleford winger rates the Sharks prop amongst the best he’s played with. “He is a great teammate and I am glad I played with him. “If they get him, that’s a good buy,” He told Yorkshire Evening Post’s Peter Smith.

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Sunday 24 November

Toronto Wolfpack are still exploring the possibility of bringing in England rugby union star Manu Tuilagi for the 2020 season, according to League Express’ Aaron Bower. The Wolfpack are looking into whether the Leicester star will count on their overseas quota, due to being born in Samoa. Bower Writes: “The 28 year old’s Salary would not be an issue for Toronto but his quota is far more complex, and could be key to any deal if he decides he wants to join.”

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Paul Crarey has paid tribute to his retiring captain Martin Aspinwall after the 37 year old made the decision to hang up his boots this week, giving Barrow plenty of time to find a suitable replacement. “He could have took the money and battled away all year, but he’s not the type of guy who would do that. He’s honest and he’s been absolutely magnificent for this club, with his leadership qualities,” Crarey told North-West Evening Mail’s Matt Wright.

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Shaun Kenny-Dowall is excited about what Hull KR can achieve in 2020 after being impressed by what he’s seen during his first week of pre-season. He told Hull Daily Mail’s James O’Brien: “It’s a very young and enthusiastic squad. I’m very impressed with the skill level of the boys and the coaching staff and the set-up. It’s an exciting prospect and we’re really looking forward to what we can achieve this year.”

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In an interview in the latest edition of League Weekly, Ian Watson has dismissed claims Great Britain coach is not passionate about the Lions and England and has backed the 69 year old to remain in charge. He told Paul Bennett: “He’s worked on growing and maturing the players as men, he does a lot of different things that try and promote them to be better people and better players – and also (promote) the pride in playing for Great Britain as well.”

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